Invisible Men

Decent Essays
Hist 2516, 9:00
Dr. Babicz
October 18, 2013
Invisible Men
The Negro Leagues were one of the most important and influential movements to happen in baseball history. Without these ‘Invisible Men’, who knows where baseball’s racial standpoint with not only African American’s, but others such as Cuban, Dominican, and South American players, would be in the Major Leagues. Throughout the book, one pressing theme stays from beginning to end: Segregation.
The Negro Leagues flourished from 1920 to 1951, with the first all-pro African American team actually being formed in 1885.1 From that time period, a handful of players made their way to stardom. Of those players, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Jackie Robison among others had a monumental
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This type of writing engages the reader, and almost gives them a feeling of being in the moment. Rogosin engages and keeps the reader hooked throughout the book while giving factual information and being formal when need be.
Another impressive aspect of Rogosin’s book is the way he ties the hardships that African American’s faced and baseball together in a seemingly smooth connection. Rogosin realized that although he was writing a book on The Negro Leagues, he also couldn’t neglect the background information that came along with that time period. Rogosin includes stories of how teams remained afloat by scheduling exhibition games whenever possible to make money for the team. Rogosin goes on to say “it was pure economics: white people had more money.”2 Another aspect that is appealing in the book is Rogosin often draws comparisons to The Major Leagues on how the leagues differed and how they were similar. The disparities between the leagues really shocks the reader, and challenges their perspective of the time period the book acknowledges.
As with every book, there will be flaws with the writer’s argument. In the time period this book was written on, the ideology of the Jim Crowe Laws were prevalent throughout the country. However, Rogosin doesn’t go into enough depth for it to be an effective argument that resonates with the reader. Rogosin does a phenomenal job describing baseball and America’s stance on African
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